The Friday Feast ~ the 4th of November

Published November 4, 2016   Posted in Friday Feast

The personal finance community is filled with so many talented writers and inspiring families in search of something better out of life than the traditional society-approved plan of buying lots of stuff and retiring in your 60s if you’re lucky.

Here is a look at the best of this week’s personal finance blogs.

In this episode of Friday Feast: Money Mozart, Life Hacker, Spartan Traveler, Distilled Dollar, Military Planners, Frugalennial, Monevator, Plugging and Playing, Money Ahoy, Solving Finance.

readingWelcome to another Friday, and congrats for making it here. Finally, we’ve made it to November. Two more months of work for me, then on to bigger and better things. But first, onto the personal finance gems!

First, Money Mozart sent a monster post into their digital airwaves that dissects 17 people who saved a ton of money – the smart way.

Then, Kristin Wong from Life Hacker wrote an awesome piece about how “Time is Money” can lead to some seriously bad decisions.

My favorite post of the week

My favorite post this week comes from Spartan Traveler who writes why we all should take off at least 12 weeks a year.

We are talking about a “deload” week used to completely clear your mind, recover from stress and reset your brain so it functions at its peak once again.

“This is already a fundamental part of my strength training–the key to preventing injury and maintaining progress–so the deload week wasn’t hard to apply to the rest of my life.”

I love this guy’s attitude. “Having a week off a month frees up a ton of time and mental energy to explore things I haven’t had time for, to travel, get my shit together, or to just sit by the pool at home if that’s what I need to do.”

I need to take more deload weeks. Perhaps 52 deload weeks a year!

More from the personal finance community

Distilled Dollar shows us how a 1% increase in savings can add up faster than we think.

Military Planners talk about the relationship between price and convenience. How much is convenience worth to you?

Also, Frugalennial reminds us that just because someone earns a ton, that doesn’t mean they’re not broke!

Lastly, Monevator gives us the scoop on how to enjoy life like a billionaire.

Honorable mentions: Check out Plugging and Playing‘s buying decision flowchart, Money Ahoy talks about the costliest addictions in America, and lastly, Solving Finance reminds us that anyone can reach financial freedom.

Video of the week

This week’s Tuesday Talk video on our sister YouTube channel talked about how to convince your spouse to downsize and completely change your life.  🙂

Coming up in the week ahead on ThinkSaveRetire: I’m going personal! On Monday, I am writing about my first ever job and my motivation for joining the beautiful working world. On Wednesday, I talk about quitting that job and turning myself into a high-school aged salesman. Phew!

Thanks for reading, and cheers to another financially productive week ahead!

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20 responses to “The Friday Feast ~ the 4th of November”

  1. Steve – Thanks for posting the link to the Money Mozart profile. That was great stuff and I’d never seen that blog before.

  2. Terrific list Steve! There are 5 sites here I haven’t seen before. Looking forward to checking them out this weekend. My spouse would pack up in an Airstream and sell everything off tomorrow if he had the choice. Not sure my son in high school would like that much 🙂

    • Steve says:

      Ha! Yeah, I agree that your teenage son probably wouldn’t be too keen on that particular idea…at least while he’s still living at home. 😉

  3. Another interesting video. I definitely like the approach of viewing the goal and not the implementation to get your spouse on board. Luckily my wife is already on board with the plan at this point, but it’s great advice. You’ve peaked my interest on becoming a high school salesman for next week. Have a great weekend.

  4. I love that you do this every week. I’m always looking for new blogs to read!

    • Steve says:

      Thanks Mrs. Picky Pincher – I’m glad that you’re finding new blogs through the Feast. It makes the effort that I put into it totally worth it.

  5. Andrew says:

    Great post Steve. I love your blog recommendations

    Can’t wait to see the Monday post about your first job…everyone always has an interesting story 🙂

  6. TJ says:

    Great video.

    So I have a Tuesday Talk question. On another blog, you mentioned that the one expense you miss the most since downsizing your budget is the frequency of the eating out experience. What are you guys typically eating these days?

    • Steve says:

      Hi TJ,

      Thanks for your kind words. We cook a lot of super delicious meals, actually. We have a Pad Thai meal that’s awesome. Lots of sweet potatoes. Beans. Mexican food is always good. We even make a mean risotto. The stuff we cook is super good – I just don’t like actually having to cook it. 🙂

  7. SR says:

    I love the Friday Feast. Thanks so much for doing it every week!

  8. Thanks for sharing Steve, some great new blogs to checkout this weekend!

  9. This was a really cool post. Thanks for gathering all these great posts in one place. I especially enjoyed reading all of the stories on Money Mozart. Amazing what people are able to do through hard work and self discipline.

  10. Beth says:

    I love this! It give me an awesome list to read over the weekend (and a little while at work! shhhh)

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